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Matt Redman releases new album ‘Let There Be Wonder’

Matt Redman says he wants to see more Christians declare the name of Jesus and “not just speak generically about who God is” as he launches his new album. Matt Redman says he wants to see more Christians declare the name of Jesus and “not just speak generically about who God is” as he launches …

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Whatever Happened to Upbeat Praise Songs?

As I write these words, I’m listening to some beautiful, slow worship music. How wonderful! How glorious! How many times I have encountered the Lord with the help of such songs, laying on my face in tears of adoration and awe. What a Savior! What a God! I will never tire of singing these Jesus-exalting, …

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Should Worship Leaders Sing Secular Songs in Church?

I’ve always been on the fence about doing secular songs in worship. I personally don’t care for it but have played them when a pastor has asked. However, a recent trip to Elevation Church has caused me to make up my mind. Twenty-five years ago, it would be unthinkable to sing a secular rock song in church …

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Why Churches Should Ditch The Projector Screens And Bring Back Hymnals

A couple of decades ago, churches split in a grand debate over worship. Contentious arguments raged over every aspect of worship style, components, decorum, and practically everything else. Every church seemed to be choosing between opposites—organ or praise band, historic liturgy or rock liturgies, contemporary songs or historic hymns. The fallout was ugly. Assemblies erupted …

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Keith Getty: Modern worship movement is ‘utterly dangerous,’ causing ‘de-Christianizing of God’s people’

“In Christ Alone” writer Keith Getty is warning church leaders about the modern worship movement, which he describes as one of “cultural relevance” that is “utterly dangerous” and is contributing to the “de-Christianizing of God’s people.” In an interview with The Christian Post, Getty said many modern worship songs focus on emotionalism rather than sound …

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Tauren Wells Says “Grateful” for Chance to Tour with Secular Artists

Tauren Wells, formerly of Royal Tailor and singer of hit song “Hills and Valleys”, recently made a Facebook post talking about his experiences as a Christian artist being given an opportunity to tour with secular musicians such as Lionel Richie. Mr. Wells’ comments in their entirety are as follows: I’m grateful for the opportunity Mr. …

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No More Bleeping Christian Music

Remember that scene in The Christmas Story where Ralphie finally loses his mind on his nemesis, that kid with yellow eyes (YELLOW EYES!) and just drops a massive array of obscenities while pounding away at his bully’s face? Kids recoil, the voiceover takes control to protect the watcher’s ears of the barrage of filth flying …

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Is the Song “What a Beautiful Name It Is” Heretical?

At Bridgeway we love the song, “What a Beautiful Name It Is” (written by Ben Fielding and Brooke Ligertwood). But there is a line in it that has caused a few to wonder if perhaps we are singing heresy. The relevant portion of the lyrics goes like this: “You were the Word at the beginning, …

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The heresy of worshiptainment

The great heresy of the church today is that we think we’re in the entertainment business. A.W. Tozer believed this to be true back in the 1950s and 60s. Church members “want to be entertained while they are edified.” He said that in 1962. Tozer grieved, even then, that it was “scarcely possible in most …

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